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Jurisdiction and Liability Issues in Carrying Out Commercial Activities in the International Space Station (ISS) Programme

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The rules on jurisdiction and liability contained in the International Space Station (ISS) Agreements do not provide all the answers to the issues raised by commercial utilisation, or the answer is not a always a satisfactory one. The existing ISS cooperation rules are fully applicable - even if not always exhaustive or adequate - when the commercial activity entails the exclusive use of a user element. The ISS Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) constitutes the basis on which the 15 Partner States are allowed to extend their jurisdiction and control over the flight elements of the ISS they respectively provide, and also over personnel who are their nationals. The IGA deals with numerous issues falling under the jurisdiction of national authorities other than a national space agency. Through the IGA being imported into the Partner States' national legal systems, these rules have become 'law of the land'.

Keywords: commercial activity; Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA); International Space Station (ISS); jurisdiction; Partner States



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